Every year, Assam and its Diasporas celebrate one of the most important cultural festivals of India: Bihu. Bohag Bihu falls on 14, 15 and 16 April. These three days will be marked by festivities across Assam and parts of its neighbouring states. But like a lot of things about northeast Indian culture, Bihu too remains lesser-known to most of India. This Bihu Popular actress Like Devoleena, Parineeta, Shamin and Mahika organise Bihu events at their home and introduce it to their friends over mumbai. They are really crazy about bihu dance and celebrations.
DEVOLEENA BHATTACHARYA: I remember the bihu celebrations of shivsagar at Assam. The stick music, bihu dance and the coconut sweets. I love pitha. Now in Mumbai I keep a small bihu party my mom makes assamese food and sweet and my friends also perform bihu dance with me on stick music. I am really crazy about bihu dance.
SHAMIN MANNAN: Bihu has always been one of my favorite festivals, especially bohag bihu which marks the beginning of a year in assam. I love shopping for the festival and used to be excited about shopping when was a kid. My mom makes all the yummy bihu delicacies and even now she sends them for me all the way from assam. We buy new clothes and love the ladoos and pithas that my mom makes with my friends here in mumbai. I really miss the beautiful sight of bihu dance and the bihu music being played all around the dibrugarh at assam.
PARINEETA BORTHAKUR: I Miss Bihu, but I have a family get together at home as my parents are in town, my mother in law is making pitha, so with the full family around, it’s the Bihu-Bihu feel already at home. During bihu, as a child in Duliajan, we used to get new clothes, we used to wait for Husori (A bunch of people comes to every house and dances Bihu, and blesses them in bihu). We used to dance along with the Husori people. It was so much fun, while talking about it, I am feeling nostalgic.
MAHIKA SHARMA: I just miss bihu celebrations here in mumbai. However, I celebrate it in mumbai I make my friends to dance bihu with me playing bihu songs. I really miss dressing like ‘asomiya suwali’ (Assamese girl) and really fond of pitha and coconut stuff. Bihu is really a great celebration at my hometown, Tinsukia. I really miss it.